Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils
Genre: Watercolor on wood
- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Feb-27-1998
- Last revised: Jan-22-2003
Dominating the image, a vengeful Satan with arms outstretched stands upon Job's prone body dispensing boils from a vial with his left hand while shooting arrows at him with his right. Job's head is thrown back and his hands are lifted off the ground in a sign of agony. His weeping wife kneels at his feet. The background is minimal yet dramatic with its dark swirling clouds, bright setting sun, and Satan's huge blood red wings.
Blake was commissioned to do 22 engravings of the story. This 1925 painting shares the same composition except that Satan?s wings replace the dark clouds of the engraving.
British Museum, London